During the few minutes of Michael Rosenblatt’s talk, some 20 women died in childbirth. The Merck CMO talks about the surprisingly low-tech solutions, and how teamwork from industry, governments and patients can stem the tide.
Jonathan Mann, the “song-a-day” guy, performs number 1,030, which previews the conference and also happens to be a fist-pumping TEDMED 2011 theme song. Who else could get a group of drowsy docs and techies to sing along at 8 a.m.?
“What will you do with your wild and precious life?” Diana Nyad asks the TEDMED audience. What she did was to set out to be the very best person she could be, day after day, by chasing the heroic goal of swimming from Cuba to Florida. As in life, however, her epic journey met with some monstrous snags. Hear her dramatic story.
We may not wholly understand complex diseases, but we can stop them before they start, says oncologist and author of the new book, “The End of Illness,” David Agus. In this talk from TEDMED 2011, he proposes a new preventive approach to healthcare, boosted by genomics, technology and a hard look at existing research data.